After what has been quite possibly one of the most controversial series of Celebrity Big Brother yet, it has been announced today that tonight’s Big Brother will mark the last of the series on Channel 5.
An announcement was made earlier today about the future of the programme after months of speculation, as Channel 5 revealed they would no longer be hosting Big Brother or its celebrity counterpart.
A spokesperson for the show told the BBC: “The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5.
“We’d like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success.”
Producers also released a statement to The Sun about the end of the reality programme, saying:
“We’d also like to thank our brilliant presenters – Emma on Big Brother and Rylan from Bit on the Side – for their consummate professionalism, Marcus, the voice of Big Brother and all of the housemates who have created so many memorable moments.
“Most importantly, we’d like to thank fans of the show for their support over the last seven years.
Bit On The Side presenter, Rylan Clark also posted an accompanying statement to his social media, discussing his heartbreak over the decision. He wrote: “After 6 years working on one of the most iconic shows on television I’m saddened to hear the news Big Brother won’t be returning.
“It has been the biggest privilege being a housemate, a winner and a host on my favourite show on the television. To work with Emma, Marcus and the amazing team on BOTS every day and have made friends for life I’m truly the luckiest guy in the industry.
— Rylan Clark-Neal (@Rylan) September 14, 2018
“I hope one day Big Brother will return but my focus now, as with the rest of the team is to make our last series the best yet. I’d like to thank all of our guests, Endemol and Channel 5 for having me and most of all the viewers for sharing this amazing journey. I learned how to host a show on the job here and I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity. R x”
However, it isn’t all bad news for fans, as it has also been revealed that according to planning permissions, the house isn’t going to be removed from Borehamwood for another three years, and still has a license to film evictions, and mid-week live shows. So basically, if another TV channel snaps up the show’s rights, then it MAY not be off air for long. After all, we all remember what happened when Channel 4 first sold the rights to the original series, it was snapped up within days.
What do you think, have you been an avid viewer of the programme over the last 18 years? Will you be sad to see it go, or do you think it’s about time considering how long we’ve all been watching it for? Let us know what you think in the comments.